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star studded team russia cruised to a solid win over slovenia in their first ice hockey match at the winter olympics but the bitter disappointment also as a recurring injury forces skating superstar league any pollution go to withdraw from competition. some media outlets here have tried so hard to make the olympics in russia smell like cold war recycled symbols and thirty year old rhetoric to look at why some in the media seem to be on a crusade against the winter games. also leave the u.k. leave sterling london says it won't share currency with scotland if it votes yes for independence. and a radical anarchist movement in greece declares war on the german capitalist machine blaming berlin for the country's surge in poverty and unemployment.
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it's ten pm in moscow why matras a very good to have you with us here on r.t. international for the sochi games now into their sixth day as it brings you all the triumph defeats and drama of the twenty second winter olympic games and of course we go live now to our sochi studios where kevin owen is standing by to give you all the latest. yeah how about hi everyone the time is flying by day six already welcome back to the hot on the heights of here i'm kevin and you watching all of these continuing special coverage of the games so we don't pick city what a polarizing day it's been today for russia from joy the victory of the red machine to a very sad ending to one of the most outstanding figure skating careers in modern times details now. the biggest events with. paul first of all.
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started practicing and then suddenly pulled what do we know. it's very much the end of an era twenty years in the sport thirty one year old. has announced his retirement from figure skating and it ends in disappointing fashion injury has forced him to withdraw from the men's individual competition here in sochi now he landed awkwardly during his warm up and aggravated a long complaint the career on the ice has taken its toll on his physical health over the years he's undergone surgery no less than twelve times and even has a prosthetic disc in his back now he was looking to become the single most decorated figure skater in winter olympic history only needed was a third place finish to achieve but. however he does have one gold medal to his name from these games after he helped russia to victory in the team event over the
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course of the weekend but sadly the curtain has come down on the career of one of russia's greatest ever sportsman. and if you can. medal successes today there have been some they all came up in the mountains of krasnaya polyana russia actually secured a silver medal in the first ever luge team relay event. bronze in the men's twenty of course is the event that combines cross-country skiing and shooting the other highlights of the day russia's men's hockey team they won their first match against lavinia five two i was fortunate enough to be in the bolshoi which you can probably see behind me in the distance that despite the relatively comfortable nature of the school in russia really were made to work for their victory people were expecting the red machine to simply sweep slovenia. her side is the first time
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they have entered a team into the men's ice hockey competition since they gained independence but russia really were made to work for it they did storm into a two nil lead in the first five minutes the atmosphere was electric at that point but slovenia showed real is ill and it was three two going into the final twenty minutes there were real nerves and tension inside the bolshoi but russia's class and quality shone through in the end in those final twenty minutes to secure the five two victory but to give you an idea of how much how much pressure is on this russian team we made our way during that final period from the bolshoi to this life point and we will be walking through the olympic park and it was amazing to see how much quieter the olympic park was comparison with a couple of hours earlier everyone was trying to get a glimpse of this red machine and trying to watch the russian ice hockey team because when they play it really is something that does unite the nation but they're up and running with five to victory the next match it's an intriguing want to gauge the usa it's intriguing for so many reasons and america one there are
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seven one against slovakia. stories and one is dominating there you know to be honest maybe the team here. double gold winning team mates have told us how hard it can be. physical injury. it was impossible to imagine the strength of emotions i for example had prepared myself to do everything calmly and properly as my choreographer told me i would calmly finish the program hold the final pose for several seconds out we were supposed to calmly wait until the other pairs finished their performance and i didn't manage to do anything of the kind. i also couldn't hold back my emotions tears of joy simply rose in me beyond my will i was absolutely happy was over and it ended so well for us. you know they did
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good in that there's been some concern about the weather here in sochi being too good you hear me correct but the games so far for many of the pessimistic hearts with regards to those limp expression in the media around the world doubt is given up now on looking for faults and if instead settle down to enjoy the sport thankfully at last but not everyone so media outlets recognizing the ranting of a broken door knob doesn't give them the ratings they need have resorted to tried and tested methods instead in fact material eerily similar to cold war propaganda has been appearing on the front pages of a number of publications and he's going to be cameras put some of them side by side for you to compare. you know some media outlets here have tried so hard to make the olympic scene russia smell like cold war in their coverage some didn't even bother to come up with new tools new graphics same old bear this cover is from one thousand nine hundred eighty when the u.s. boycotted the summer games in the soviet union of course there were calls to boycott the sochi olympics as well similar images this is the handcuffs and all
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barbed wire not new as you can see andrew craig who wrote several books about news coverage in america is here with me to chat about all this sea of negativity thank you so much for coming craig you know russia has come a long way since one thousand eight hundred and some very different country now but it seems some of these outlets won their readers want their audience to see the russia as if it's still the one nine hundred eighty. well these are very familiar themes both to the public but also to the owners and many of the old time reporters so people fall into a comfortable pattern that actually extends back many decades and it is quite apparent if you look for it as you. know it's quite clear that people took the old magazine covers and said let's just updated for this olympics stereotypes are strong. exactly and you know they call it the news industry but in
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many ways people like the old industry but the old. but call it news but sometimes you know in the middle of this sea of negativity you sometimes see reports like the one i saw in the new republic the officer went to a popular gay bar in sochi and writes about how desperate for you journalists are trying to find traces of gay persecution there and they can't those they talk to. say no one is bothering them except germany's part of the issue is when people self-service or or they believe they know what the story is before they go to the scene and what you're describing sounds like a classic case that happens all over the place where reporters think they know what the story is and all are trying to do is find someone to attach a name and
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a face to the story that's almost written in the reporter or editors have. to create thank you thank you you know even russians who are critical of the government found this old school smear campaign upsetting but for most it's like in the old russian saying the guy was bark but the caravan moves on let them bark enjoy the game so i'm going to check on in washington r.t. . and it's like history repeating itself a bit in that we brought up this whole issue of media mudslinging and one of the most vibrant of personalities in such a game is none other than he's a real card to this one he burtis valma hole and lo i know he's a german prince by blood in a mexican citizen by birth these are the six olympic games he's taken part in he loves it he's also told us russia's biggest mistake was a god society that was not investing enough in pe i. think
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it's great it's a great game i think at russia the only problem at the station that hired a p.r. person like me to be a bit of p.r. before i mean you know it's a great place. with wonderful venues like that. everything is really clear they should have just got a positive reply over to europe and to america there were some negatives so it's a bit sad that. they maybe in russia you don't use so much you are which is what it's very very important because the word of mouth and the presentation is very important it was to make it so that it doesn't deserve this negativity. we're also getting a lot more feedback as the days go on from the athletes as well about their experiences here in sochi bringing you that feedback and how they found the olympic venue both the sports people and visitors them selves the response very pleased to say has been overwhelmingly positive here is some more of what we've heard just today. obviously any time city hosting the olympics it will be a little bit of
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a bubble because it once you know the country is trying really hard to make a good impression. and i'm sure rust on the same bad behavior that made a great impression on me and you know everybody remembers it is being super clean and it's i mean it's interesting i think yeah you do think it's implicit but you know it's a financial thing have been time i think that amazing job i've been here. three days and it's like i was here the last three years in a row and i heard the stories coming and i didn't really understand it. it's not like i'm not on the real because it's just like you are accommodation are. pretty spoiled i guess. my favorite story of the day is the vikings with their helmets on their faces all covered the national flags is really good laugh today that's it for this hour though the sixth day of course as it is of the sochi
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olympics games is now drawing to an end the sun going down over my shoulder there but the so much yet to bring to you again and i was time for now let's go back to. the g twenty fourteen promises we alternate in the exhilarating winter and see here join me and you say no way i'll make seven zero in on the bus tomorrow and take news team for sochi twenty four take. on. and out of some of the day's other top stories the upcoming independence referendum will be a very high stakes gamble for scotland as london has announced a yes to sovereignty would automatically mean a no to a shared currency george osborne chancellor of the exchequer says edinburgh would have to leave the pound if it leaves the u.k. artie's laura smith has more. what chancellor george osborne is saying is if scotland walks away from the u.k. it also walks away from the pound he's very clear about that he said that there are
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four things that are necessary to have a currency really and so for scotland to shed the pounds and then proceeded to demolish the possibility of those conditions being met the first thing he talked about was a banking union scotland of course has a huge financial sector it's worth about twelve times its g.d.p. alone there's no way that scotland would be able to bail out its own balance you've only got to look at the huge world bank of scotland so that the u.k. has only just managed to extricate itself from an obligation to bail out european banks so what on earth would put it back into an obligation to bail out scottish banks fiscal cooperation then osborne talked about a shared agreement on taxation and spending would necessitate the rest of the u.k. and scotland seedings over and t. in terms of how much it taxed its citizens of what it spent that money on why should the u.k. do that he says why should it have to consult with a foreign country on taxation then he talked about
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a monetary union also would be necessary to have a shared currency and an agreed exchange rate policy and as part of the u.k. he said scotland is insulated from any kind of fall in oil prices but if it went on its own a fall in zero prices would lead to big job losses in scotland it was have to then respond by cutting spending and raising taxes which would result in pressure for scotland to give up the pound and then the fourth thing that he talked about was the permanence of the currency union it must be permanent he said in order to encourage confidence from the markets but this goes this national policy has already said that it's not committed to a permanent currency union it said that in its white paper in november that if it did share the pound that would be a temporary arrangement which would be very damaging for the pound is huge political. pressure now which amounts according to secretly to the s.n.p. to bully and basically this is the stick part of
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a carrot and stick tactic david cameron spoke last week of essentially begging the scots to stay don't go he said we really need you now we have george osborne this week saying hey you know this is how bad things will be if you do go this is sort of two sides the same coin of course it may play into the hands of the yes campaign you know yes there it is in scotland will will resent being bullied by westminster in this way so that that may shift things dramatically towards a yes vote. for more news after this short break stay with us.
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thanks for staying with us seventeen minutes past the hour the writing may be on the wall for germany and greece is a radical group there published manifesto pinning all of greece's economic troubles on berlin anticapitalist movement claimed responsibility for firing shots at the german ambassador's residence in december threatening more attacks are his money if an ocean reports from athens. police and security forces are on high alert here in the great capital with riot police patrolling the streets in groups of five or six officers and that's after the evidence was discovered of the dangerous activity over medicare extremist group known here in greece as the popular father's group on tuesday they claimed responsibility for december attack on german ambassador as residence here in the great capital when a group of unknown gunmen fired fifty least fifty bullets at the building no one was heard but many is
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a happy and another attack this time at the tap and in january. they had quarters of reset us back in the outskirts of athens as well the group sent a twenty page manifesto to a weekly leftwing satirical magazine titled the mouse in greek explain that that was their reaction their response to greece's protracted financial crisis for which they believe germany is to blame and declared it's part of a campaign against the german capitalist machine calling on all greeks to join their fight so why germany been blamed the country is the launches dorna for greece's bailouts the country has been relying on since two thousand and ten and we each have forced greece to introduce harsh austerity measures that have been truly increased dramatically unemployment here in the country risa high that many greece
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could get behind this and his group calling on the residents of this country to join their fight our team has been covering great financial crisis since the beginning and we heard many tragic stories and even this time we were able to speak to some residents of athens and i can say that's tied news and despair are among the most. when feelings. and people say they're tired they no longer have power went to even take to the streets to protest and moreover they no longer believe that to change anything that's how. you've sold a situation but still restrained very high of provocations and violent acts and this is why we'll apparently see some extra security measures here and now they make cities for full sun time russia looking to distribute huge amounts of energy to china after the two countries agree on
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a whopping twenty four billion dollars plan a world of to build the world's largest thermal power plant that's on our team. and the u.s. to lift its debt ceiling once again when that will be able to borrow more than seventeen trillion dollars find all the details of that in our. digital currency bitcoin is lost some of its glitter lately at least three of its main exchange sites have been brought to a halt by massive insisting online attacks. reports in berlin users of the currency are digging in for the long haul. they've come to speak to make the land to promote their vision of an alternative financial system and investors businessmen and curious citizens all gathered here in berlin for our conference on what they call a bit point of revolution it's the first digital currency that's not owned or operated by any sort of bank it's guaranteed payments without a middleman you can buy it with the real currency and online exchanges and that's
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an extract of option for those who think that today's financial system is in fact mean of an overhaul as people see how big coin is used online and they see the advantages the instant transfer of funds the security not having to see your personal data to make these transactions i think a lot of people see these advantages they tell their friends they tell their coworkers they want and they tell the merchants that they do business with and they expand the sphere of decline and that's a view that seems to be growing more popular nowhere is that more evident than right here in berlin in fact this neighborhood boast the highest concentration of businesses assumption the currency in the world is growing list of bitcoin establishment includes a record shop a store a boutique and this bar. and here getting your hands on some bitcoins while the digitally speaking is easier than ever instead of buying them from an online exchange you can use this bitcoin a.t.m.
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to trade your uro's into bitcoins and use that to buy your happy hour drink and i have four of course bitcoin isn't without risk and the past few weeks haven't been too kind to the cryptocurrency apple remove the last native bitcoin wallet application from its app store and the currency saw its third mega crash in the past few months when the largest bitcoin exchange stopped customer withdrawals because of a glitch in the software of course that led the currency to lose value by a stunning twenty percent just for a day but it's a sign that bitcoin may have a long way to go. before it's safe that's reporting in berlin for r t m d c cough now. turning now to some other stories making global headlines a car bomb exploded near a heavily fortified airport in the somali capital mogadishu killing three five more were wounded police say the device was detonated by remote control mortars have been fired in the city over the last week sparking fears of a return to constant violence. while in venezuela
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a pro-government protester and two student activists one of which can be seen here have been killed after massive protests in the capital caracas and identified men on motorcycles reportedly carried out the killings eighty people arrested as thousands marched through the city calling for the government to step down over high levels of crime and corruption. kabul sweeps aside u.s. concerns freeing more than sixty prisoners from a notorious prison in afghanistan u.s. military and warn that they're likely to go back to fighting coalition forces the release will again see rising tension between the afghan government and the u.s. government ahead of the deadline for withdrawal of international combat troops by the end of the year. you might not think so but to some it's a tasty snack that's high in protein at least as r.t. sour furth reports that's how inmates in the u.k. have started to think about the humble cockroach crawling through their prison cells. but stuck at trials on the hit t.v. show i'm a celebrity get me out of here where celebrities are encouraged to eat disgusting
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dishes has inspired a whole host of creepy crawly cullen re experiences this restaurant here in london serving up locusts and crickets among other things on its many things it's not just london customers that have a taste for the unusual according to prisoners magazine inside time one inmate claimed in a letter that prisoners had been trying cockroaches after watching the t.v. show my favorite snack to supplement the poor and me go to prison diet is cockroaches there are many cockroaches here and the best way to catch them is by placing empty crisp packets on the floor and turning the lights out letter went on to say cockroaches have a nutty taste so when you dip them in chocolate they taste like a free to not bar if celebrities eat them in the jungle then why shouldn't hungry prisoners get a bit of protein to the ministry of justice told us there is no truth behind the
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allegations in the letter a prison service spokesperson said in the last two years we have reduced the average cost of prison food by around eleven percent to one pound ninety six per prisoner per day within this budget prisoners have access to a range of meals that meet new traditional requirements noble ministry of justice say that there is no ukraine to the allegations the prisoners eating cockroaches. well. there for all me but i have made it happen and yeah we already know all gone yes of course i'm. on the back of off and you get little enough all the good times and as a science always afforded to construct the first lady gaga gresson that's what my son might be on some long courses. would not really be called parties because i
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know the think it conflicts but i want almost every i know there's not time for me and i should imagine it would get some problems it seems that some people keep on taking a leaf or indeed a laid out the bug eating programs books and supplements think that this is some places now consider some feed that they can see sarah fest i see london. more news coming up in about a half hour's time stay with us after the short break. tanna
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group wants to erect a statue to the lord of darkness in oklahoma city which is the logical name capital of the home of the saints want to build the monument of a goat had a devil in or despite a monument to the ten commandments that was put up in two thousand and twelve yet they maybe should have put up of honor into the ten commandments on public property but does that mean that satan has not ceased under whackos have the right to put up their own twisted monuments well that is it depends on how you look at things technically it was to liberalism everyone's beliefs by law are equal even if ninety nine people are christian and they cannot impose on that one poor satanist which sounds nice but in reality that means that those ninety nine christians have to
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tolerate a monument to the infernal master and defiler of the innocent on their way to work every morning part of having a culture means having a group of people of common beliefs and values if you just include anything into the culture then you no longer have a culture all that remains are scattered individuals all i'm trying to say is that it's ok to abuse the devil guys but that's just my opinion. in rural areas the majority of families living here are pro-gun learning to fire is
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often part of a child's education the moral value of protecting the family is more important than the physical aspect where in south dakota. jack is five he can barely get out of the car in his own but every weekend his father teaches them how to shoot with real bullets under the watchful eye of his mother gretchen your cursor stuff. your glasses down. the other. one. jack hasn't been learning long and already he likes helping his dad set up for him it's just like any other day. i've been shooting since i was five or six. and i learned the truth. in our war. brains are we had in california and i used to go around and shoot every day after
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school i started shooting not turn i was probably a team. with frame you would go to the shooting range and he took me with a few times and tell me how to should have been doing it ever since i think it's important that women know how to shoot that they can protect themselves. the weapon is heavy difficult for such a young child to handle gretchen doesn't intervene she wants her some to feel empowered. to feel the heat that. we teach jack that guns are to kill in the right situation. he's learning as a target to just learn as a target shooter for hunting but if the situation should arise but that it can be used to kill.


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